By Stuart Thomson
German service provider M-net will tomorrow launch a new version of its IPTV service, TVplus, featuring a range of channel packages, cloud storage and a 4K set-top box.
M-net, which serves home over fibre in Bavaria, will offer a basic package including free-to0-view commercial broadcast service sin HD with functionality including recording and storage of content in the cloud, time-sh9ifted playback and pay TV offerings that customers can take on an à la carte basis.
The service is offered via a 4K box and subscribers can access it from €12.90(US$14.48) a month.
Recordings can be viewed on multiple devices from the c
loud. All customers receive storage space for 50 hours of content at no additional cost, which can then be expanded on-demand.
The TVplus service will be expanded to cover over 200 digital TV and radio channels, according to the company. The company said it would add additional packages, embracing film, series, sprots and factual offerings, as time when by. It will also offer foreign language channels, with all thematic and language services bookable via the web.
The company is offering the service via a new set-top with Bluetooth remote and ultra-fast zapping. Up to three boxes can be ordered at any one time, but users can also use the IPTV offering via apps on different devices, with the service available on iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast.
Additional set-tops are available for €5 a month on top of the basic €12.90 fee. Cloud storage can be upgraded to 100,200 or 300 hours for €3.50, €6.50 or €9 respectively.
Additional pay TV packages are available for €6.90 each or as a group for €19.90
Existing TVplus subscribers will also be migrated to the new box over the coming months.
M-net has tapped German IPTV tech specialist Ocilion to provide the new service, with headend infrastructure supplied on-premises rather than in the cloud. A self-service portal will be established during the second quarter, from which users will be able to provision and change their packages.
“With all its additional functions and a significantly higher performance, the new M-net TVplus is proving to be perfectly adapted to the future of television,” said head of residential customers and the housing industry at M-net, Wolfgang Wallauer.
“Television habits will continue to develop in the coming years in the direction of location and time-independent use. With TVplus, our customers already have all the options for flexible television enjoyment – and with impressive picture quality.”https://www.digitaltveurope.com